Ex Libris Game
Ex Libris—the game of first lines and last words—has been a firm favorite with book lovers, readers, and writers since the game was first devised and published in 1991 in conjunction with The British Library and the Bodleian Library Oxford.
Ex Libris is a subtle, yet highly entertaining game of bluff that will challenge your literary acumen and test your writing skills as you attempt to compose fake, but plausible, first or last lines for genuine English novels.
At the start of a round, one player, taking a turn as the reader, picks a card and reads out a title, author, and plot summary of a novel or short story. The other players then have to write a plausible opening or closing sentence to the work in an attempt to bluff fellow players into believing their text to be the genuine one. These are all handed in to the reader, who has meanwhile written down the genuine sentence (given on the back of the card). They are shuffled, and each is read out. The winning player is the one who has most votes cast for his or her entry. (Further points are won if you manage to identify the genuine sentence).
One hundred authors representing widely different writing styles are featured in Ex Libris – from Charles Dickens to Harold Robbins, from Jane Austen to Barbara Cartland, John Le Carre to Alice Munro, V. S. Naipaul to Nancy Mitford.
The cards and a notepad are handsomely packaged in a presentation box designed to look like a book.
For 4+ players. Age 8+